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6 Win Awards at Regional Science & Engineering Fair

Six Fox Chapel Area School District students recently won awards at the Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair (PRSEF) and one student qualified for an international science and engineering fair.

Fox Chapel Area High School junior Arvind Seshan was one of four overall winners and qualified to participate in the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (Regeneron ISEF). Judging for the international competition will take place May 7-13, 2022, in Atlanta, both virtually and in person, and hundreds of students from nations across the world will compete for prizes worth millions. Additionally, Arvind won a sponsor award from Facebook/Meta and affiliated sponsor awards from the Office of Naval Research U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps. and the Yale Science and Engineering Association. He also won an associate scientist perseverance award.  The name of Arvind’s project is “Using Machine Learning to Augment Dynamic Time Warping (DTW) Based Signal Classification."

Freshman Rohit Velankar was named the first-place winner in the senior physics and astronomy category and also won a junior scientist perseverance award. Junior Lawrence Liu won second place in the senior division computer science and math category. Sophomore Lakshanya Rajaganapathi was named a fourth-place winner in the senior medicine, health, and microbiology category. Sophomore Adhitya Thirumala won the senior division Carnegie Science Award and an honorary scientist perseverance award.

Additionally, Dorseyville Middle school seventh-grader Param Thawani won an ATI Metals sponsor award. 

The PRSEF is open to students in grades 6-12 from 21 counties in Western Pennsylvania and Garrett County in Maryland. Each year, approximately 1,000 students from more than 100 schools compete for more than $1 million in cash, scholarships, and trips. All of the students who participated in the fair conducted individual science research and presented their projects to a committee of judges. The judging took place March 22 and 23 at the Carnegie Science Center.  An awards ceremony was livestreamed March 25.